[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 107 (Monday, June 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32994-32995]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13403]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Geological and Geophysical Exploration on the Atlantic Outer 
Continental Shelf; Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This notice is published pursuant to the regulations 
implementing the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA). BOEM has prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement (PEIS) to evaluate potential environmental effects of 
multiple Geological and Geophysical (G&G) activities on the Mid and 
South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 
These activities include, but are not limited to, seismic surveys, 
sidescan-sonar surveys, electromagnetic surveys, geological and 
geochemical sampling, and remote sensing. The Draft PEIS considers G&G 
activities for the three program areas managed by BOEM: oil and gas 
exploration and development; renewable energy; and marine minerals. 
BOEM is extending the comment period for this Draft PEIS.

DATES: Comments on this Draft PEIS will now be accepted until July 2, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to comment, you may submit your written comments 
by these methods. Written comments should be enclosed in an envelope

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labeled ``Comments on the Draft PEIS for Atlantic G&G Activities'' and 
mailed (or hand carried) to Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Chief, Regional 
Assessment Section, Office of Environment (MS 5410), Bureau of Ocean 
Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park 
Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394. Comments by email should 
be sent to: GGEIS@boem.gov. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for 
information on submitting comments via the internet and the public 
disclosure of commenter's names and addresses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Draft 
PEIS, you may contact Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 
5410), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394. You may also contact Mr. 
Goeke by telephone at (504) 736-3233.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published pursuant to the 
regulations (40 CFR 1503) implementing the provisions of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq. (1988)).
    The Draft PEIS considers G&G activities for the three program areas 
managed by BOEM: (1) Oil and gas exploration and development; (2) 
renewable energy; and (3) marine minerals. A Notice of Availability for 
the Draft PEIS was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012 
(see 77 FR 19321) opening a 60-day comment period originally scheduled 
to close on May 30, 2012. BOEM has now decided to extend the comment 
period for this draft PEIS until July 2, 2012.
    To obtain a single printed or CD-ROM copy of the Draft PEIS, you 
may contact the BOEM, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Public Information 
Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 250, New Orleans, 
Louisiana 70123-2394 (1-800-200-GULF). An electronic copy of the Draft 
PEIS is available at the BOEM's Internet Web site at http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/GOMR/GandG.aspx. Several 
libraries in Atlantic coastal states have also been sent copies of the 
Draft PEIS (CDs or hard copy; according to their preference and their 
selection criteria for receipt of government documents). To find out 
the libraries having copies of the Draft PEIS for review, you may 
contact the BOEM's Public Information Office at the number provided 
above.
    Public Disclosure of Names and Addresses: Before including your 
address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, 
including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly 
available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold 
from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: May 29, 2012.
Tommy P. Beaudreau,
Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-13403 Filed 5-30-12; 11:15 am]
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